International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference

Sixth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference / Ninth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference 


Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th June 2015

Poster BD Conference


From their earliest manifestations, comic art characters have travelled the globe and beyond. Whether realist or fantastical, drawn to educate or to amuse, comics have used their considerable and unique expressive power to depict journeys, both physically and mentally, to “elsewhere”. As the medium has evolved worldwide into one attracting both an adult and a juvenile audience, this relationship to the voyage has diversified, as recently-developed trends such as “graphic journalism” attest. This conference will focus on the relationship of the sequential art form to the voyage and study representations of travel across the history of the medium up to the present day. The conference intends to consider the notion of “voyage” in a broad sense, to include related notions concerned both with geographical movement – such as migration, exile or deployment – and with the psychic and temporal journey.

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Preliminary Joining Instructions

The conference will take place primarily at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). ULIP is situated in the heart of Paris (7th arrondissement) here:


ULIP map


We are:

A 30-minute Metro journey from the Gare du Nord train station (Eurostar terminal)

Approximately 1 hour RER/Metro journey from Charles de Gaulle International Airport

Nearest Metro/RER Stations:


Metro: 8 & 13

RER line C

Assemblée Nationale

Metro: 12

For a map of the Paris Metro, click here.

To plan your journey on the Paris Metro, click here.

Bus Routes

69 and 93

Click here for a Paris bus map.

Accommodation in Paris (near ULIP/7th arrondissement)

There are a number of hotels close to the Institute (please note that the inclusion of these details does not constitute an endorsement by ULIP). Travel within Paris is easy and efficient, however, so accommodation in any arrondissement (quarter) is unlikely to take you too far from the conference venue.

Hotel de France

102 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris, France

**          This hotel will offer conference participants a preferential rate of 156 euros per night (bed, breakfast, tax included) for a “chambre exécutive” (instead of the usual June rate of 235 euros). Call hotel on +33 (0)1 47 05 40 49 or email at and quote “ULIP”. The hotel suggests that rooms are booked as far in advance as possible, as June is a busy time in Paris.

Hotel du Palais Bourbon

49, rue de Bourgogne, 75007 Paris

Hotel Eiffel Rive Gauche

6, rue du Gros Caillou

Hotel Malar

29, rue Malar, 75007 PARIS


Some suggestions for a smaller budget:

Studio Hotel

25 Rue Alain Chartier Paris, Paris, 75015, France

(A search on is currently showing available rooms from 67 euros per night in late June if booked via this website)

Hôtel France Eiffel

8 Rue Saint Charles Paris, Paris, 75015 France

(A search on is currently showing available rooms from 89 euros per night in late June if booked via this website)

For other cheaper options see and sort results by the landmark “Eiffel Tower” (about 20 minutes’ walk from ULIP and visible from our windows!).

For any queries pertaining to any other practical matters, please contact Catriona MacLeod:





22/06/2015 | Paris